Medical report: Wake jail inmate was knocked unconscious by detention officer
Posted July 29, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — An investigative report released Monday from the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner provides more details about the circumstances surrounding the death of an inmate at the Wake County jail who died after being assaulted by a detention officer.
Shon Demetrius McClain, 40, was at the Wake County Detention Center on June 4 awaiting a court date on misdemeanor charges when, authorities say, he was involved in "an altercation" with officer Markeith Council.
The investigative report doesn't refer to Council by name but says a prison guard shoved McClain during an argument and that McClain got up and punched the guard in the face. That's when the guard threw McClain to the ground twice.
"It appears after the first throw that Mr. McClain was unconscious," the report states.
McClain died 13 days later from blunt force trauma to the head and neck, according to an autopsy report released last week.
Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said Thursday that he's still reviewing a State Bureau of Investigation report to determine whether charges should be filed in the case.
The Wake County Sheriff’s Office has said that Council, who has been a detention officer at the jail since 2009, was defending himself.
He is on administrative duty at the jail.